From ‘Doan Ket’ by Meridel LeSueur

From Doan Ket

By Meridel Le Sueur

I saw the women of he earth rising on horizons of nitrogen.

I saw the women of the earth coming toward each other

            With praise and heat

               without reservations of space.

All shining and alight in solidarity.

Transforming the wound into bread and children.

In a new abundance, a global summer.

Tall and crying out in song we arise in mass meadows.

We will run to the living hills with our seed.

We will redeem all hostages.

We will light the bowl of life

            We will light singing

               across all seas

The resonance of the song of woman,

            lifted green, alive

            in the solidarity of the communal love.

Uncovering the illumined fruit

            the flying pollen

            in the thighs of golden bees

We bring to you our fire

            We pledge to you our guerrilla

            fight against the predators of our country.

We come with thunder

            Lightning on our skin,

            Roaring womb singing

                                    Our sisters

                                                Singing.

Choruses of millions

                        Singing

Published in Rites of Ancient Ripening ©1975 Meridel LeSueur

Meridel LeSueur (1900-1996) is a Minnesota writer who, when she began to achieve national recognition through her writing, was blacklisted. For more than seventy years, the Minnesota-based writer and activist was a voice for oppressed peoples worldwide. Beginning in the 1920s, she championed the struggles of workers against the capitalist economy, the efforts of women to find their voices and their power, the rights of American Indians to their lands and their cultures, and environmental causes.


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